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The scientific manuscripts of Charles Darwin survive largely intact at Cambridge University Library in the Charles Darwin Papers and in the Charles Darwin’s Library, both of which collections are curated by the Manuscripts Department. Cambridge is thus the central repository for one of the world’s largest and most coherent collections about the life’s work of an individual scientist of towering intellect.
The Cambridge University Library collection contains 272 volumes of scientific and personal material:
Significant collections of Darwin manuscripts are held by several major institutions and private collectors. Similarly, important elements of the Darwin papers are at Down House, Darwin’s home in Kent. For universal access into these collections select and research the collections compiled below: